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Legendary Author and Poet, Dr. Maya Angelou, Dies at the Age of 86 ers of our time, and is especially remembered for her award-winning writings including “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and “A Song Flung Up To Heaven.” Once, during an interview with USA TODAY, she said, “I have created myself. I have taught myself so much.” She also once notably said, “I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine… before she realizes she’s reading.” Just last November 2013, at the age of 85, Angelou was introduced by her friend, author Toni Morrison, and presented with an award for “Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.” This past January 2014, after the death of South African leader Nelson Mandela, Angelou published His Day Is Done, a

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Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Midtown Carnegie Branch Library June 14 poetic tribute to Mandela commissioned by the U.S. State Department. It was seen as an exchange of honor between two legends because Mandela had read aloud Angelou’s poem, Still I Rise, at his 1994 presidential inauguration.

She reportedly spoke more than 5 languages, and considered Oprah Winfrey and Martin Luther King Jr. to be among her personal friends. For more information about Maya Angelou, visit: www.MayaAngelou.com

Springfield, MO— All ages are invited to the annual celebration of Juneteenth from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, on the parking lot of the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St. The Springfield NAACP, in partnership with the Spring-

Springfield, MO— Gary Bedell, a self-educated artist from Springfield, Missouri will hold an opening reception, Friday, June 6 from 7:00See story on page 6

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UNITE. field-Greene County Libraries and Missouri State University, will host this year’s annual celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States and spotlighting diversity in our own community. Free activities will include booths from various community

A Downtown Business Incubator designed to help Startup Business Owners rent affordable office space and get professional advice. See story on page 6

organizations, storytelling and children’s book giveaways, face painting, educational and health resources, refreshments, live music and more. Parking will be available on the Central High School parking lots. For more information, call 862-0125.

Local NAACP Presents Five Awards at Annual Freedom Fund Banquet Springfield, MO— On Satur• The Roy Wilkins Educational day evening , May 17, 2014 Award was presented to Grace the Springfield Chapter of Jackson-Brown, librarian at Misthe NAACP held its annual souri State University. JacksonFreedom Fund Brown received Banquet, "Fulfillher Ph.D. from ing the Dream: Indiana State Changemakers," University and at the Ramada is published in Oasis Convenwomen studtion Center with ies as well as over 250 guests African Ameriand members can issues, acattending. cording to the Cheryl Clay and Tony Porter The keynote release. She speaker was the nationally and is chairwoman of Springfield's internationally recognized Tony African American Reading ComPorter, co-founder of "A Call to mittee and recent winner of the Men." He is an educator and Zora Neale Hurston Award for activist and has been working leadership in promoting Africanin the social justice arena for American literature. over 20 years, and is nationally • The Myrlie Evers-Williams recognized for his effort to end Business Partner Award was violence against women. presented to Unite of SouthSeveral awards were presented west Missouri for its support during the banquet: and promotion of African Photo by M. Louise Stanley, Springfield News-Leader

Winston-Salem, NC — Legendary author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou has died, according to her publicist Helen Brann. She passed away in her Winston-Salem, N.C. home after suffering from health problems, and was found by her caretaker. Born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, Angelou was raised between St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. She got into writing after experiencing a childhood tragedy when she was 7, after her mother’s boyfriend raped her. He was later beaten to death by a mob after she testified against him. Later in life, she moved to San Francisco and studied dance and drama, and went on to become a professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She also went on to become one of the greatest literary writ-

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American community events and sponsorship of the annual Springfield Multi-Cultural Festival. Editor in chief, Samuel Knox accepted the award. Unite has received a total of three Springfield Chapter NAACP awards. • The Heritage Award was presented to Georgia “Queen” Burton for her lifelong active support of the African American community. One of the founding committee members of the Lincoln Cemetery Board, active member and Past Matron of the Truth Lodge, member of her neighborhood association, and past chairwoman of Church Women United. • The Community Service Award was presented to Susan Marshall, current secretary and former treasurer of the NAACP, a Marine veteran with nearly continued on page 2


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Where Diversity Lies —In Earnest by Ken Coopwood, Sr., Ph.D. Unite Contributing Writer

social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to The end of the 2013-2014 be anything or nothing in the academic year happens June world's estimation, and publicly 30, 2014. Many people don’t and privately, in season and out, know that universities avow their sympathies function primarily on with despised ideas and a split-year calendar, their advocates, and that is July through bear the consequences." December is the This quote represents first half and January the spirit of Division for through June is the Diversity and Inclusion second half. Now that (DDI) and those of us "Dr Coop" you know, I want to who seek to bear fruit reflect on where I see diversity from our endeavors instead of an as an action agenda going into enhanced reputation or accomanother academic year. modating pleasures from select For thought, Susan B. Anthony friends. It also represents the once said “Cautious, careful will to be free to feed others with people always casting about to the fruit we bear; to represent preserve their reputation or spirit, strength, love, joy, peace,

Juneteenth Saturday, June 14th, 2014 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Midtown Carnegie Library 397 E. Central, Springfield, MO 387 Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

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patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness confined within self-control. When there are enough of us, no law or status quo can stand against us. A year closed should mean a year closer to the winning of the race between education and catastrophe. It should mean that instead of growing apart, we are, at the end of each year, better positioned for an inclusive worldview by virtue of our education about one another. Not seeing measurable annual movement towards diversity should be viewed as catastrophic. As the data shows, children of color in kindergarten and first grade represent a majority of all American students in school at that stage. This means we have about 12 years before our universities hear the knock of more students from diverse populations than ever before. If we have too few ways to teach them, serve them or advocate for them... catastrophe wins. We must run the race “in earnest” and be ready serve

the fruit of global education. In concert, each year’s end should represent a change in the landscape of leadership and prosperity throughout the community. Gone quickly should be the days when 75 of the top 100 public service salaries in the city belong to white males and no people of color are represented among the remaining 25. No more should we find historically underrepresented populations crowding the jails and scarce in the boardroom. All children are truly the future and none should be left behind. And, progress is not counted by symbolic antics or flawless speeches. We must end with measureable success, and again, “in earnest” realize that all progression involves change, but not all change is progressive. Let’s integrate, collaborate and elevate... together! Ken Coopwood, Sr., Ph.D. – “Dr. Coop” Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Missouri State University

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ness, with John Oke-Thomas accepting. The mission of the group is to promote economic development and business opportunities through advocacy, networking, community development and capacity-building for minority businesses and entrepreneurs. • The Jacquelin Waugh Foster Scholarship was presented to Taylor Harrington who plans to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia and study Psychology. • The Springfield NAACP Youth Scholarship went to Bria Hardin who plans to attend Spelman College in the fall and study Spanish Language and International Law.

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a decade of service and now retired from 27 years of government service, most recently from human resources at the Missouri Department of Transportation. A recipient of the Springfield Business Journal's Most Influential Woman of 2011, Marshall, who also volunteers with Springfield Advocates for Youth, considers herself more of a coach than a leader who helps to empower people and to help them overcome obstacles that hinder growth. • The Drum Major Award was presented to Minorities in Busi-

Dr. Ben Carson Offers A Powerful Cure To Get America On The Right Track

New Book, “One Nation”, Calls On Left And Right To Toss Aside Unanimity of Party Speech And Thought And Concentrate On Respectful Dialogue For Real Problem Solving

Nationwide — In his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, famed Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and political pundit, Dr. Ben Carson delivers a way out of the American decline—appealing to every American’s decency and common sense. In One Nation (Sentinel, May 20), the sequel to their #1 New York Times bestseller, America the Beautiful, Dr. and Mrs. Carson offer a refreshing and bold plan to halt the country’s spiral into fiscal and moral decay. Avoiding the political correctness of politicians and the animosity of Washington lawyers, Dr. Carson calls for respectful problem-solving skills he honed as a surgeon, and fearlessly tackles tough issues such as education, health care, family values, race relations, taxes, charity, and the role of faith in public life. Dr. Carson believes America has inexplicably lost the ability to discuss important issues calmly and respectfully regardless of party affiliation or other differences. One Nation thoughtfully suggests practical ways to overcome the needless bickering and impasse of progress. As a surgeon rather than a politician, Dr. Carson cares deeply about what works—not whether

someone has an (R) or a (D) after their name. Dr. Carson understands that Americans must come together. One Nation explains that by respecting others it’s possible to engage in intelligent conversation about differences of opinion without becoming enemies, eventually allowing us to move forward through meaningful compromise. One Nation is a clarion call to return to our historic culture of personal responsibility in order to solve the expanding list of America’s ills, including: * Growing debt and the resulting burdens of fiscal uncertainty * Deteriorating morals that have driven America far from the founders’ intent * Failing to make significant progress in basic education * Resolving the Obamacare mess—a threat to health, liberty, and financial stability * Tempering media elitism and political correctness and its chilling effects on a meaningful national dialogue Dr. Carson believes America’s best days are ahead, but contends these serious issues must first be resolved with reason and compromise from both sides of the political aisle. In his journey from poverty to the top of his field, Dr. Carson has lived the American dream.

He shows how we can save that dream for future generations by restoring a moral, informed citizenry that will support “one nation, under God, indivisible.” ABOUT THE AUTHOR BEN CARSON, MD, raised by a poor single mother in Detroit, recently retired as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a groundbreaking medical career of more than thirtyfive years. Now a Washington Times columnist and FOX News contributor, he is the author of five previous books, including the New York Times bestsellers Gifted Hands and, most recently, America the Beautiful, coauthored with his wife, Candy Carson. A former member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, he is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the country. Dr. and Mrs. Carson together founded the Carson Scholars Fund, dedicated to recognizing the academic achievements of deserving young people. They have three grown children and two grandchildren and now live in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. and Mrs. Carson will be making 29 stops on a bus tour from Florida to Texas from May 31 to June 8. Please visit www. realbencarson.com for the complete tour schedule.

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Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster Comes To Springfield’s Juanita K. Hammons Hall In February 2016 Springfield, MO – WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, is flying into Springfield’s Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in February 2016. The opportunity to reserve best seats for this long-awaited and highly-anticipated musical will go first to current Hammons Hall Broadway season subscribers and new subscribers to the upcoming 2014-2015 Broadway Season at the Hall. “We are thrilled to welcome WICKED to Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts,” says Randall Blackwood, Executive Director, Juanita K. Hammons Hall, Missouri State University. “To say WICKED is coming to Springfield by ‘popular’ demand is an understatement. One of our most requested shows; we know WICKED will be a wonderful addition to the 2015-2016 Broadway Season, which will no doubt continue to be one of the hottest tickets in town.” Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good

makes for “the most complete and completely satisfying - musical in a long time” (USA Today). On Broadway and around the world, WICKED has worked its magic on critics and audiences alike. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony® Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Having recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Broadway, WICKED’s North American and international companies have cumulatively grossed over $3.3 billion and have been seen by over 40 million people worldwide. NORTH AMERICAN • The New York Times called WICKED “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” and, more recently, the Times referred to WICKED as “the defining musical of the decade.” • WICKED has been Broadway’s highest grossing show for an unprecedented nine consecutive years. • Nearly 8 million people have seen WICKED on Broadway since it began performances in the fall of 2003. • The Broadway production of WICKED has broken the house record at the Gershwin Theatre

twenty one (22) times during the course of its run. It regularly grosses in excess of $1.8 million each week. • WICKED has grossed a combined total of over $2.3 billion for its North American companies alone. • In his coverage of the national touring production, Peter Marks, of The Washington Post, called WICKED, “a breathtaking success story of a magnitude that North America has not witnessed since the peak years of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.” • On national tour (which has been traveling across North America for over 700 weeks), nearly 14 million people have seen WICKED. There are currently two North American touring companies. • In St. Louis, the national tour of WICKED grossed $2,755,070 in a single week (week ending December 30, 2012), the highest weekly gross in North American touring history. Hammons Hall’s 2014-2015 Broadway Season is on sale now, featuring four nationally touring Broadway productions: SHIRLEY JONES and PATRICK CASSIDY starring in the 50th Anniversary celebration of one of America’s favorite movie musicals, THE MUSIC MAN – In Concert; the box office

record-setting Broadway holiday sensation Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical; one of the theatre’s most legendary musicals, Lerner and Loewe’s majestic CAMELOT; and a celebration of one unforgettable night when four major talents – Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins – came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band

in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. Season Subscriber ticket prices range from $117 to $199 depending upon seat location. For more information on Season Subscriber benefits or how to become one, call 417-836-7678 or visit HammonsHall.com. * “We have a great new Broadway season coming up,” says Blackwood, “and remember, our current and new Broadway subscribers will be first in line for tickets to WICKED in the 2015-2016 Season, so don’t miss this opportunity!”

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Early notice on the traveling exhibit, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, and the March on Washington” By Kathleen O’Dell Springfield-Greene County Library District. Saturday, July 12, kicks off a major series of programs aimed at discussing race relations and the historic events that shaped civil rights. The highlight: A July 31 talk by two sisters whose father was the named plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education. Events begin at the 1 p.m. July 12 opening of a traveling exhibit, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation,

1863 and the March on Washington, 1963,” at the Library Center. It portrays the impact these historic events had equal rights for all Americans. It’s based on an original interactive exhibition developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The ceremony will include remarks by H. Wes Pratt, Missouri State University equal opportunity officer, and the band Geezer will perform protest songs that energized popular causes including the Civil Rights Movement. During the July 31 event at

Central High School, sisters Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson will talk about growing up in the world shaped by Oliver L. Brown et. al. vs. the Board of Education of Topeka. The late Rev. Brown was also pastor of Springfield's Benton Avenue AME Church, and Linda graduated from Central High School in 1961. The program will include a short video and an audience Q&A. Here’s a sample of other series events: “Marching Towards Justice: Nannie Helen Burroughs and the Quest for Race Equality.”

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aristocracty and in the “big house” so it gives us still another picture of our history. The film was made as a British drama film so this will also add to its uniqueness. It has made the round of film festivals and now is out at the the theatre. Let me know what you think! And while there are more out this summer my space is almost gone so let me mention the one that I am excited about……Mr. James Brown himself “Get on Up!” The first real movie about the hardest working man in show business…..the Godfather of Soul …Mr. James Brown will be out August 1. And how many of you that read thjs column have ever seen him in concert? Well if so you and I both know we have to check it out the first weekend just to give respect to the godfather! And no bootlegs on this one…the director and the cast all deserve better than that! How many of you remember the cape? OK….I will stop reminiscing and mention that the film was shot in Mississippi so I am already loving it and the director of The Help is the director of this film. So look for some good insight and heartstrings in this film as well. Also, we get to enjoy Viola Davis and Olivia Spencer from the Help in this movie as well. Chadwick Boseman plays Mr. Brown. Most of us are familiar with the music of James Brown but the film will give us a look at least a part of his life. We all get that you can’t tell 73 years of life in two hours so let’s not put that expectation on the film. But we do get to see the story of James was abandoned by him mom at 6 years old and left to live at his Aunt Honey

who ran a brothel. Need I say more? I am looking forward to seeing this film as James Brown has left his mark on music for generations and if you saw this years’ Super Bowl show with Bruno Mars it’s clear he is still impacting music right now. The James Brown show was a not to be missed experience. Here’s to good summer movie watching and please let me know what you think!

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preferences from the sauce to the way we like our meat on the bones. I like the sauce slightly sweet and the meat just about ready to jump off the bone. How many know what I am talking about? If you do shout Ribs!!! And others like their ribs more dry and like to work to get their meat off the bone. As I age my tastes have begun to change some as well as I now appreciate brisket more and will occasionally bypass the rib rack for a good brisket sandwich. In the good old Queen City there have always been the staples like Crosstown, Bandana’s and Rib Crib. But we have also seen a slew of new places arrive including Billy Sim’s, Rib Shack, Whole Hog, Famous Dave’s and Enoch’s. Enoch’s is fairly new on National and what some folks like about them is that they also do some food that you don’t see at every place in town like fried chicken and fried catfish. And yes I know that sounds good. I got a lot of positive feedback on Rib Crib because of their good sized portions, good service and the menu has other selections in case some of your crew

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doesn’t like ribs. Another favorite is the pulled pork and there are some good places in town that have that including Pappy’s on Main Street. Now that is old school if you know what I mean but the food is real Ozark bar-b-q. We have lots of places that we can select from and new ones seem to be coming down the pike as well…….I like the corn bread and the baked beans at Famous Dave’s. Well you have

to get good sides right? Of course my favorite side is potato salad but to be honest with you on that one…..there is really no potato salad like homemade. When you are raised in the South you get spoiled and that is just the truth. This is making me hungry and I think I might go to that go to spot on Division Street and support the north side. Do you know where I am talking about? Now what is your favorite bar-bq spot? It is the season!!!

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Summer Blockbuster Time Is Here! by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

In fact you could tell when the first movie ended that a sequel was in store…and so Think Batman, Superman, Like A Man Too will be out this Spiderman, X-Men, Godzilla month. This film series doesn’t and a few aliens from out of need a lot of introduction space…..it is summer blockbecause it is the plot twists and buster time and they all are the fun that makes the movie here….! And yes I hope to and we don’t want to spoil the check them all out….. fun and the laughs. after all it is one of the The basic plot is that fun summer rituals to all the couples are back escape the heat and go for wedding in Las into a nice chill theatre Vegas. And you can and watch your favorite guess the rest……all super hero conquer all types of complications the forces of evil on the and twists and yes Lyle Foster biggest screen that you drama seem to almost can find. derail the wedding from But believe it or not that is happening. If you remember not all we have to look forward the first installment of Think to this summer…..there are a Like a Man you already know few films of interest that I want the kind of comedy that you to highlight that you may not can expect. If you didn’t well hear quite as much about…..but the film is rated PG-13 and has they should be good depending crude humor and language as on what you are in the mood for. well as partial nudity. So it’s Most of us always need a good all a matter of what you can laugh especially in these hard handle. The film of course times so one of your favorite is inspired by Steve Harvey’s comedies is back for round two! best selling book….Act Like A

Woman, Think Like A Man. All I can say is go Steve because you have made some bank off of that. No…no..no not a hater here…..just giving him some well deserved admiration! There is a sleeper film which I am not sure many of you have heard of called Belle. I must admit that it caught me by surprise and as far as I know it will at least by playing at the Moxie. It is an amazing movie as it shakes our sensibilities about what like was like for some blacks several hundred years ago. Even Sony Pictures 2014 though we have an understanding that life for mixed race individuals had some nuances. It is the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle who was the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy officer who was brought to England by her

father and left in the care of his uncle Lord Marshall the Lord Chief Justice. Now how do you like that? She lived at his estate Kenwood House during the 18th century and was brought up in British aristocracy. Now there are not strong and lengthy accounts of what her life was like so some was left up to the screenwriters imagination but certainly the movie explores many of the issues she had to deal with including her cousins who didn’t quite know what to make of her. And Belle herself who had aristocratic blood but yet noticeably different and so experienced a different treatment. It is a shocker of sorts to see her dressed as British aristocracty continued on page 9

Food Column: “Tis the Season....” by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer Well by now you have noticed by the temperatures that the favorite time of the year for many has arrived….. sweet, sultry summer. And with summer comes grilling and picnics and some major shifts in our eating habits. One of the things that is pretty neat in good old Stown is that we

can count on the Rockin Ribs in early May to get us ready for Bar-B-Q season. This year’s event was so crowded and some of the vendors had some fixin’s that were just simply off the chain! Sometimes the local grillmasters and their secret sauces can be some of the best meat there is ….hands down. That is certainly one of the reasons that it is such a good time because you get to try

some places that do not exist in the restaurant format. But as we know this is Missouri and there is some good “Q “ to be had here. While Kansas City and St. Louis consistently get the national attention for the restaurants that have some of the best bar-b-q in the country the selections in Springfield are consistently getting better and more varied. Now wait before somebody gets defensive I am

not saying anything against our bar-b-q….I’m saying we are getting more choices than ever. And that is what I am writing about trying to find out what your favorite places are and why? I tend to find a place that I like because for many folks we don’t experiment with our bar-b-q places….we find a place and we stick with it. And we also have so many subtle prefercontinued on page 9

Supreme Court later ruled in the couple's favor, overturning bans on interracial marriage throughout the country. “Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement” July 22, 7 p.m., Library Center auditorium. Drury University professor Dr. Richard Schur will explore Dr. King’s speeches and how his message changed over his lifetime. “Slaver y by Another Name” July 29, 6 p.m. Library Center auditorium. This PBS documentary challenges the belief that slavery in the United States ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. “The Abolitionists” Aug. 3, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Library Center auditorium. The PBS special dramatizes the story of abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké. “Freedom Riders” Aug. 7, 6-8 p.m., Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive. This film documents the story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders, who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South. “Slaver y in America: The Final Chapters, 1863-1865” August 18, 7 p.m., Library Center auditorium. Drury University associate professor Dr. Greg Renoff will discuss why it took two more years of struggle after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation before the institution finally disappeared from American life. Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director of the SpringfieldGreene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@ thelibrary.org.

CEC and New Growth Ministries Collaborate to Open Private Christian School Springfield, MO— The Christian Educational Cooperative, (CEC) in collaboration with New Growth Ministries, to open a private Christian school. The school will focus on "Helping Children Achieve Success in Life through a solid foundation in their early beginnings in moral instruction, compassionate training, and a classical based education in excellence." according to school organizer, Barbara Smith Classes will start this Fall 2014, K through 12th grade. For moreinformation, contact Barbara Smith at 417-496-8333.

Springfield Symphony ends 2013-2014 season with record breaking sales Springfield, MO— The Springour concerts are fun, and we're field Symphony is ending its 79th getting more people interested consecutive season on a high in what the Springfield Symphonote with record breakny is doing. I'm proud ing single ticket sales of our staff and board for all nine subscription members, our musiconcerts in the first year cians, our volunteers, of newly appointed Conand our audiences for ductor/Music Director, all playing their part in Kyle Wiley Pickett. this record-breaking “I am so pleased season!” Kyle Wiley Pickett about our record-breakThe Symphony’s ing single ticket sales this season 2014-2015 season, Tour Your because it tells us we're on the World. Hear Your Symphony., right track, said Kyle Wiley begins on Saturday, September Pickett, conductor/music direc20, 2014. Season tickets are curtor. “Patrons are enjoying the rently on sale and can be purconcerts, the word is getting out chased by calling the Symphony that the SSO sounds terrific and office at 417-864-6683.

Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church Holds Annual Fund Raising Dinner Friday, June 6 and 7 Springfield, MO— Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church, 600 N. Benton, Springfield, will hold its annual Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, June 6, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 7, 11:00 a.m. - Until. The dinner will include Fish, Spaghetti, Corn Bread, Cole Slaw, Dessert and a Drink all for $8.00. Please enter the church from the south entrance and dine in the fellowship hall or carry out. Don’t miss this opportunity for a wonderful meal and great fellowship! The public is also invited to Sunday Morning Worship Service at 11.30 a.m., The Reverend Richard Fine is Pastor. For more information contact, Jane Pike 417-869-8091.

Come lend your voice to our University!

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The MoneySection The eFactory: Business Incubator is designed to help Startup Businesses rent affordable office space and get professional advice Springfield, MO—Behind the walls of a former poultry processing plant in downtown, a new kind of factory is producing ideas for lots of local entrepreneurs. The eFactory," a small business incubator designed to help entrepreneurs now stands at 405 N Jefferson Ave. The space is part of IDEA Commons, which is a collaborative effort bringing together corporations, the university, lofts, non-profits and retail space to promote economic development. The eFactory gives entrepreneurs a chance to rent affordable office space downtown, and provides them professional guidelines and advice. Whether you are tenant or just wanting to participate in some of the business related activities taking place there, here are two resource groups aimed at cultivating start-ups currently meeting in the eFactory. Each week, the 1Million Cups program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their start-ups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present. The program takes place every Wednesday morning from 9:00-10:00am in the eFactory. There is no admission charge to attend. The Mid-America Technology Alliance (MATA) meets every second Thursday at the eFactory. MATA is a group of dedicated individuals, entrepreneurs,

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custom Nintendo Entertainment System which he collaborated on with Ryan Fitzpatrick of Platinum Fungi. Turkish Dan will be spinning during the opening and Mother’s Brewing Company will be hosting a tasting. After the opening at Arts & Letters, he will join friends at Front of House Lounge, 324

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companies, and investors whose primary goal is to attract, cultivate and promote technology talent and businesses throughout the region. Sherry Coker leads an interactive discussion with guest on what’s new in tech, art, business and more! There is a $5 charge to participate. Appetizers and beverages are available. With both of these resources, entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather realtime feedback, con-

nect with a community that truly cares about their progress, and walk away feeling like they have advanced their business. The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations. Whether this is through passively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse communities. For more information about the eFactory and the services it offers, call 417-837-2600.

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tion course at Arts & Letters and plans to offer it again. New Body, as the name implies, is a collection of new work by Gary Bedell. During the, reception, enjoy an exclusive Gary Bedell look at Bedell’s sketchbooks. The show features unique pieces including a continued on page 7

continued from page 1 -10:00pm at Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell. Bedell is an expert in digital art as well as drawing and painting by hand. Bedell has created work for Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon and Disney. In 2010, a collection of his work called Thawed was published. In 2012, Bedell opened a design firm called Hot Dog Tree. Recently, Gary taught an illustra-

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American Legion Post Norvel Stafford 1339 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-862-9123

Calvin L. Allen, Exec. Director Springfield Community Center- Family Achievement Academy 911 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-866-4359

Deidra England, President Ladies Civic League Provides scholarships for youth P. O. Box 8296 Springfield, MO 65801 417-887-7440 Robert Looney, Ozarks Golf Club, Inc Spfld. Community Center 618 N. Benton Springfield, MO 65806 Sherman Avenue Project Committee, Inc. Housing Org. 1228 N. Sherman Springfield, MO 65802 417-865-1203 Anthony Pickens Prince Hall Masons Truth Lodge #151 P.O. Box 8063 Springfield, MO 65801 417-890-5180 Wesley Pratt The Gathering A Community Action Group For more information call 417-987-7809 Shelia Burton, President Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Board, Inc. P.O. Box 9282 Springfield, MO 65801 417-877-0668 Dennis Davis Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Springfield Alumni P.O. Box 6287 Springfield, MO 65801-6287 417-496-7365

Cheryl Clay, President Springfield Branch N.A.A.C.P. P.O. Box 8983 Springfield, MO 65801 Meetings are every third Saturday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. 417-873-6386 Flora (Pat) Looney, President Our Night Out Social & Charitable Org. 417-866-2387 James Pike, President Springfield Reunion Club Organizes the Annual Park Day/ Reunion Weekend 1447 N. Hampton Springfield, MO 65802 417-869-0183 Meeting every first Monday Willie Carter, Director Victory Circle Peer Support Inc 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy Springfield, MO 65802 417-894-0188 Support group for men in recovery Samuel G. Knox Unite of SWMO, Inc. Publishes the Unite Publication; presenters of the Annual Springfield Multicultural Festival 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy. Springfield, MO 65802 Phone: 417-864-7444 unitepublication@yahoo.com www.unitenewsonline.org

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A Directory of free or low cost Business Assistance Minorities In Business Monthly Networking Meeting 417.861-0760 Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce www.spfldchamber.com 417.862.5567 Small Business Administration (SBA) www.sba.gov 417.890.8501 Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) www.score.org 417.837.2619 Drury University - Breech Center / Student in Free Enterprise www.drury.edu 417.873.7243 Ozarks Technical Community College www.otc.edu 417.895.7158 The Library Center Business Reference thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org 417.874.8110

Small Business & Technology Development Center

sbtdc.missouristate.edu 417.836.5685 • Loan assistance • Financial analysis • Business planning • Marketing products • Trademark searches • Training seminars (business planning, business valuation, business management, finance, human resources, QuickBooks, marketing and international trade)

The MoneySection The eFactory: Business Incubator is designed to help Startup Businesses rent affordable office space and get professional advice Springfield, MO—Behind the walls of a former poultry processing plant in downtown, a new kind of factory is producing ideas for lots of local entrepreneurs. The eFactory," a small business incubator designed to help entrepreneurs now stands at 405 N Jefferson Ave. The space is part of IDEA Commons, which is a collaborative effort bringing together corporations, the university, lofts, non-profits and retail space to promote economic development. The eFactory gives entrepreneurs a chance to rent affordable office space downtown, and provides them professional guidelines and advice. Whether you are tenant or just wanting to participate in some of the business related activities taking place there, here are two resource groups aimed at cultivating start-ups currently meeting in the eFactory. Each week, the 1Million Cups program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their start-ups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present. The program takes place every Wednesday morning from 9:00-10:00am in the eFactory. There is no admission charge to attend. The Mid-America Technology Alliance (MATA) meets every second Thursday at the eFactory. MATA is a group of dedicated individuals, entrepreneurs,

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custom Nintendo Entertainment System which he collaborated on with Ryan Fitzpatrick of Platinum Fungi. Turkish Dan will be spinning during the opening and Mother’s Brewing Company will be hosting a tasting. After the opening at Arts & Letters, he will join friends at Front of House Lounge, 324

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Artwork by Gary Bedell

South Ave. for an after party featuring Nick Fury.

Subscribe To The Unite Publication

Only $25. per year, Call: (417) 864-7444 The eFactory at 405 N. Jefferson

companies, and investors whose primary goal is to attract, cultivate and promote technology talent and businesses throughout the region. Sherry Coker leads an interactive discussion with guest on what’s new in tech, art, business and more! There is a $5 charge to participate. Appetizers and beverages are available. With both of these resources, entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather realtime feedback, con-

nect with a community that truly cares about their progress, and walk away feeling like they have advanced their business. The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations. Whether this is through passively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse communities. For more information about the eFactory and the services it offers, call 417-837-2600.

Gary Bedell

tion course at Arts & Letters and plans to offer it again. New Body, as the name implies, is a collection of new work by Gary Bedell. During the, reception, enjoy an exclusive Gary Bedell look at Bedell’s sketchbooks. The show features unique pieces including a continued on page 7

continued from page 1 -10:00pm at Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell. Bedell is an expert in digital art as well as drawing and painting by hand. Bedell has created work for Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon and Disney. In 2010, a collection of his work called Thawed was published. In 2012, Bedell opened a design firm called Hot Dog Tree. Recently, Gary taught an illustra-

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The power to earn up to $50,000+ is in your hands as a front line Mediacom employee Sell Medicom services such as High-speed Internet, Video and

Phone products in local neighborhoods.

• Cutting edge training and opportunities for career growth.

• You will receive your leads from the company right on your handheld device

Full-Time and Part-Time Opportunities Available Full-Time Reps receive full benefits and guaranteed base.

Part-Time Reps have flexible evening and weekend hours.

Apply online

www.mediacomcable.com/careers Pre-employment drug testing/background check required. Mediacom is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Mark A. Dixon Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center 918 E. Calhoun Springfield, MO 65802 417-719-4300 www.bartley-decatur.org

Lynette Adams, Worthy Matron Missouri Jurisdiction PHA Order Of Eastern Star Greater Truth Chapter #88 P.O. Box 8804 Springfield, MO 65801 417-866-6878

American Legion Post Norvel Stafford 1339 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-862-9123

Calvin L. Allen, Exec. Director Springfield Community Center- Family Achievement Academy 911 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-866-4359

Deidra England, President Ladies Civic League Provides scholarships for youth P. O. Box 8296 Springfield, MO 65801 417-887-7440 Robert Looney, Ozarks Golf Club, Inc Spfld. Community Center 618 N. Benton Springfield, MO 65806 Sherman Avenue Project Committee, Inc. Housing Org. 1228 N. Sherman Springfield, MO 65802 417-865-1203 Anthony Pickens Prince Hall Masons Truth Lodge #151 P.O. Box 8063 Springfield, MO 65801 417-890-5180 Wesley Pratt The Gathering A Community Action Group For more information call 417-987-7809 Shelia Burton, President Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Board, Inc. P.O. Box 9282 Springfield, MO 65801 417-877-0668 Dennis Davis Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Springfield Alumni P.O. Box 6287 Springfield, MO 65801-6287 417-496-7365

Cheryl Clay, President Springfield Branch N.A.A.C.P. P.O. Box 8983 Springfield, MO 65801 Meetings are every third Saturday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. 417-873-6386 Flora (Pat) Looney, President Our Night Out Social & Charitable Org. 417-866-2387 James Pike, President Springfield Reunion Club Organizes the Annual Park Day/ Reunion Weekend 1447 N. Hampton Springfield, MO 65802 417-869-0183 Meeting every first Monday Willie Carter, Director Victory Circle Peer Support Inc 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy Springfield, MO 65802 417-894-0188 Support group for men in recovery Samuel G. Knox Unite of SWMO, Inc. Publishes the Unite Publication; presenters of the Annual Springfield Multicultural Festival 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy. Springfield, MO 65802 Phone: 417-864-7444 unitepublication@yahoo.com www.unitenewsonline.org

If you are a part of a Springfield African American Community Organization, we want to hear from you. Please send the name of your organization, address, phone number and a contact person to Unite., P. O. Box 1745, Springfield, MO 65801


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Summer Blockbuster Time Is Here! by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

In fact you could tell when the first movie ended that a sequel was in store…and so Think Batman, Superman, Like A Man Too will be out this Spiderman, X-Men, Godzilla month. This film series doesn’t and a few aliens from out of need a lot of introduction space…..it is summer blockbecause it is the plot twists and buster time and they all are the fun that makes the movie here….! And yes I hope to and we don’t want to spoil the check them all out….. fun and the laughs. after all it is one of the The basic plot is that fun summer rituals to all the couples are back escape the heat and go for wedding in Las into a nice chill theatre Vegas. And you can and watch your favorite guess the rest……all super hero conquer all types of complications the forces of evil on the and twists and yes Lyle Foster biggest screen that you drama seem to almost can find. derail the wedding from But believe it or not that is happening. If you remember not all we have to look forward the first installment of Think to this summer…..there are a Like a Man you already know few films of interest that I want the kind of comedy that you to highlight that you may not can expect. If you didn’t well hear quite as much about…..but the film is rated PG-13 and has they should be good depending crude humor and language as on what you are in the mood for. well as partial nudity. So it’s Most of us always need a good all a matter of what you can laugh especially in these hard handle. The film of course times so one of your favorite is inspired by Steve Harvey’s comedies is back for round two! best selling book….Act Like A

Woman, Think Like A Man. All I can say is go Steve because you have made some bank off of that. No…no..no not a hater here…..just giving him some well deserved admiration! There is a sleeper film which I am not sure many of you have heard of called Belle. I must admit that it caught me by surprise and as far as I know it will at least by playing at the Moxie. It is an amazing movie as it shakes our sensibilities about what like was like for some blacks several hundred years ago. Even Sony Pictures 2014 though we have an understanding that life for mixed race individuals had some nuances. It is the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle who was the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy officer who was brought to England by her

father and left in the care of his uncle Lord Marshall the Lord Chief Justice. Now how do you like that? She lived at his estate Kenwood House during the 18th century and was brought up in British aristocracy. Now there are not strong and lengthy accounts of what her life was like so some was left up to the screenwriters imagination but certainly the movie explores many of the issues she had to deal with including her cousins who didn’t quite know what to make of her. And Belle herself who had aristocratic blood but yet noticeably different and so experienced a different treatment. It is a shocker of sorts to see her dressed as British aristocracty continued on page 9

Food Column: “Tis the Season....” by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer Well by now you have noticed by the temperatures that the favorite time of the year for many has arrived….. sweet, sultry summer. And with summer comes grilling and picnics and some major shifts in our eating habits. One of the things that is pretty neat in good old Stown is that we

can count on the Rockin Ribs in early May to get us ready for Bar-B-Q season. This year’s event was so crowded and some of the vendors had some fixin’s that were just simply off the chain! Sometimes the local grillmasters and their secret sauces can be some of the best meat there is ….hands down. That is certainly one of the reasons that it is such a good time because you get to try

some places that do not exist in the restaurant format. But as we know this is Missouri and there is some good “Q “ to be had here. While Kansas City and St. Louis consistently get the national attention for the restaurants that have some of the best bar-b-q in the country the selections in Springfield are consistently getting better and more varied. Now wait before somebody gets defensive I am

not saying anything against our bar-b-q….I’m saying we are getting more choices than ever. And that is what I am writing about trying to find out what your favorite places are and why? I tend to find a place that I like because for many folks we don’t experiment with our bar-b-q places….we find a place and we stick with it. And we also have so many subtle prefercontinued on page 9

Supreme Court later ruled in the couple's favor, overturning bans on interracial marriage throughout the country. “Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement” July 22, 7 p.m., Library Center auditorium. Drury University professor Dr. Richard Schur will explore Dr. King’s speeches and how his message changed over his lifetime. “Slaver y by Another Name” July 29, 6 p.m. Library Center auditorium. This PBS documentary challenges the belief that slavery in the United States ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. “The Abolitionists” Aug. 3, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Library Center auditorium. The PBS special dramatizes the story of abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké. “Freedom Riders” Aug. 7, 6-8 p.m., Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive. This film documents the story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders, who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South. “Slaver y in America: The Final Chapters, 1863-1865” August 18, 7 p.m., Library Center auditorium. Drury University associate professor Dr. Greg Renoff will discuss why it took two more years of struggle after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation before the institution finally disappeared from American life. Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director of the SpringfieldGreene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@ thelibrary.org.

CEC and New Growth Ministries Collaborate to Open Private Christian School Springfield, MO— The Christian Educational Cooperative, (CEC) in collaboration with New Growth Ministries, to open a private Christian school. The school will focus on "Helping Children Achieve Success in Life through a solid foundation in their early beginnings in moral instruction, compassionate training, and a classical based education in excellence." according to school organizer, Barbara Smith Classes will start this Fall 2014, K through 12th grade. For moreinformation, contact Barbara Smith at 417-496-8333.

Springfield Symphony ends 2013-2014 season with record breaking sales Springfield, MO— The Springour concerts are fun, and we're field Symphony is ending its 79th getting more people interested consecutive season on a high in what the Springfield Symphonote with record breakny is doing. I'm proud ing single ticket sales of our staff and board for all nine subscription members, our musiconcerts in the first year cians, our volunteers, of newly appointed Conand our audiences for ductor/Music Director, all playing their part in Kyle Wiley Pickett. this record-breaking “I am so pleased season!” Kyle Wiley Pickett about our record-breakThe Symphony’s ing single ticket sales this season 2014-2015 season, Tour Your because it tells us we're on the World. Hear Your Symphony., right track, said Kyle Wiley begins on Saturday, September Pickett, conductor/music direc20, 2014. Season tickets are curtor. “Patrons are enjoying the rently on sale and can be purconcerts, the word is getting out chased by calling the Symphony that the SSO sounds terrific and office at 417-864-6683.

Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church Holds Annual Fund Raising Dinner Friday, June 6 and 7 Springfield, MO— Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church, 600 N. Benton, Springfield, will hold its annual Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, June 6, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 7, 11:00 a.m. - Until. The dinner will include Fish, Spaghetti, Corn Bread, Cole Slaw, Dessert and a Drink all for $8.00. Please enter the church from the south entrance and dine in the fellowship hall or carry out. Don’t miss this opportunity for a wonderful meal and great fellowship! The public is also invited to Sunday Morning Worship Service at 11.30 a.m., The Reverend Richard Fine is Pastor. For more information contact, Jane Pike 417-869-8091.

Come lend your voice to our University!

Missouri State University is recruiting diverse faculty and staff for a variety of positions. We are committed to inclusive excellence across campus, and we have a unique public affairs mission that encourages cultural competency, community engagement and ethical leadership. We believe diversity is good for our students, our community and our University. Our most important job is to give students an enriching education, complete with the tools for career success. Our faculty and staff must be racially, ethnically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse to help our students understand and appreciate different viewpoints, preparing them to lead the future. We act on our beliefs. Let us welcome you to our campus. Come see for yourself!

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Early notice on the traveling exhibit, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, and the March on Washington” By Kathleen O’Dell Springfield-Greene County Library District. Saturday, July 12, kicks off a major series of programs aimed at discussing race relations and the historic events that shaped civil rights. The highlight: A July 31 talk by two sisters whose father was the named plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education. Events begin at the 1 p.m. July 12 opening of a traveling exhibit, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation,

1863 and the March on Washington, 1963,” at the Library Center. It portrays the impact these historic events had equal rights for all Americans. It’s based on an original interactive exhibition developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The ceremony will include remarks by H. Wes Pratt, Missouri State University equal opportunity officer, and the band Geezer will perform protest songs that energized popular causes including the Civil Rights Movement. During the July 31 event at

Central High School, sisters Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson will talk about growing up in the world shaped by Oliver L. Brown et. al. vs. the Board of Education of Topeka. The late Rev. Brown was also pastor of Springfield's Benton Avenue AME Church, and Linda graduated from Central High School in 1961. The program will include a short video and an audience Q&A. Here’s a sample of other series events: “Marching Towards Justice: Nannie Helen Burroughs and the Quest for Race Equality.”

July 15, 7 p.m., Library Center auditorium, for adults. Dr. Angela Hornsby-Gutting, associate professor of history at Missouri State University, will talk about race activist Nannie Helen Burroughs. Her life demonstrates the contributions black women made on behalf of civil rights overall. “The Loving Story” July 19, 1 p.m., Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell Ave., for adults. Free admission. Interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving was convicted of miscegenation after marrying in 1958. The U.S. continued on page 5

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aristocracty and in the “big house” so it gives us still another picture of our history. The film was made as a British drama film so this will also add to its uniqueness. It has made the round of film festivals and now is out at the the theatre. Let me know what you think! And while there are more out this summer my space is almost gone so let me mention the one that I am excited about……Mr. James Brown himself “Get on Up!” The first real movie about the hardest working man in show business…..the Godfather of Soul …Mr. James Brown will be out August 1. And how many of you that read thjs column have ever seen him in concert? Well if so you and I both know we have to check it out the first weekend just to give respect to the godfather! And no bootlegs on this one…the director and the cast all deserve better than that! How many of you remember the cape? OK….I will stop reminiscing and mention that the film was shot in Mississippi so I am already loving it and the director of The Help is the director of this film. So look for some good insight and heartstrings in this film as well. Also, we get to enjoy Viola Davis and Olivia Spencer from the Help in this movie as well. Chadwick Boseman plays Mr. Brown. Most of us are familiar with the music of James Brown but the film will give us a look at least a part of his life. We all get that you can’t tell 73 years of life in two hours so let’s not put that expectation on the film. But we do get to see the story of James was abandoned by him mom at 6 years old and left to live at his Aunt Honey

who ran a brothel. Need I say more? I am looking forward to seeing this film as James Brown has left his mark on music for generations and if you saw this years’ Super Bowl show with Bruno Mars it’s clear he is still impacting music right now. The James Brown show was a not to be missed experience. Here’s to good summer movie watching and please let me know what you think!

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preferences from the sauce to the way we like our meat on the bones. I like the sauce slightly sweet and the meat just about ready to jump off the bone. How many know what I am talking about? If you do shout Ribs!!! And others like their ribs more dry and like to work to get their meat off the bone. As I age my tastes have begun to change some as well as I now appreciate brisket more and will occasionally bypass the rib rack for a good brisket sandwich. In the good old Queen City there have always been the staples like Crosstown, Bandana’s and Rib Crib. But we have also seen a slew of new places arrive including Billy Sim’s, Rib Shack, Whole Hog, Famous Dave’s and Enoch’s. Enoch’s is fairly new on National and what some folks like about them is that they also do some food that you don’t see at every place in town like fried chicken and fried catfish. And yes I know that sounds good. I got a lot of positive feedback on Rib Crib because of their good sized portions, good service and the menu has other selections in case some of your crew

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doesn’t like ribs. Another favorite is the pulled pork and there are some good places in town that have that including Pappy’s on Main Street. Now that is old school if you know what I mean but the food is real Ozark bar-b-q. We have lots of places that we can select from and new ones seem to be coming down the pike as well…….I like the corn bread and the baked beans at Famous Dave’s. Well you have

to get good sides right? Of course my favorite side is potato salad but to be honest with you on that one…..there is really no potato salad like homemade. When you are raised in the South you get spoiled and that is just the truth. This is making me hungry and I think I might go to that go to spot on Division Street and support the north side. Do you know where I am talking about? Now what is your favorite bar-bq spot? It is the season!!!

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Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster Comes To Springfield’s Juanita K. Hammons Hall In February 2016 Springfield, MO – WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, is flying into Springfield’s Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in February 2016. The opportunity to reserve best seats for this long-awaited and highly-anticipated musical will go first to current Hammons Hall Broadway season subscribers and new subscribers to the upcoming 2014-2015 Broadway Season at the Hall. “We are thrilled to welcome WICKED to Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts,” says Randall Blackwood, Executive Director, Juanita K. Hammons Hall, Missouri State University. “To say WICKED is coming to Springfield by ‘popular’ demand is an understatement. One of our most requested shows; we know WICKED will be a wonderful addition to the 2015-2016 Broadway Season, which will no doubt continue to be one of the hottest tickets in town.” Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good

makes for “the most complete and completely satisfying - musical in a long time” (USA Today). On Broadway and around the world, WICKED has worked its magic on critics and audiences alike. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony® Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Having recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Broadway, WICKED’s North American and international companies have cumulatively grossed over $3.3 billion and have been seen by over 40 million people worldwide. NORTH AMERICAN • The New York Times called WICKED “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” and, more recently, the Times referred to WICKED as “the defining musical of the decade.” • WICKED has been Broadway’s highest grossing show for an unprecedented nine consecutive years. • Nearly 8 million people have seen WICKED on Broadway since it began performances in the fall of 2003. • The Broadway production of WICKED has broken the house record at the Gershwin Theatre

twenty one (22) times during the course of its run. It regularly grosses in excess of $1.8 million each week. • WICKED has grossed a combined total of over $2.3 billion for its North American companies alone. • In his coverage of the national touring production, Peter Marks, of The Washington Post, called WICKED, “a breathtaking success story of a magnitude that North America has not witnessed since the peak years of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.” • On national tour (which has been traveling across North America for over 700 weeks), nearly 14 million people have seen WICKED. There are currently two North American touring companies. • In St. Louis, the national tour of WICKED grossed $2,755,070 in a single week (week ending December 30, 2012), the highest weekly gross in North American touring history. Hammons Hall’s 2014-2015 Broadway Season is on sale now, featuring four nationally touring Broadway productions: SHIRLEY JONES and PATRICK CASSIDY starring in the 50th Anniversary celebration of one of America’s favorite movie musicals, THE MUSIC MAN – In Concert; the box office

record-setting Broadway holiday sensation Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical; one of the theatre’s most legendary musicals, Lerner and Loewe’s majestic CAMELOT; and a celebration of one unforgettable night when four major talents – Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins – came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band

in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. Season Subscriber ticket prices range from $117 to $199 depending upon seat location. For more information on Season Subscriber benefits or how to become one, call 417-836-7678 or visit HammonsHall.com. * “We have a great new Broadway season coming up,” says Blackwood, “and remember, our current and new Broadway subscribers will be first in line for tickets to WICKED in the 2015-2016 Season, so don’t miss this opportunity!”

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Where Diversity Lies —In Earnest by Ken Coopwood, Sr., Ph.D. Unite Contributing Writer

social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to The end of the 2013-2014 be anything or nothing in the academic year happens June world's estimation, and publicly 30, 2014. Many people don’t and privately, in season and out, know that universities avow their sympathies function primarily on with despised ideas and a split-year calendar, their advocates, and that is July through bear the consequences." December is the This quote represents first half and January the spirit of Division for through June is the Diversity and Inclusion second half. Now that (DDI) and those of us "Dr Coop" you know, I want to who seek to bear fruit reflect on where I see diversity from our endeavors instead of an as an action agenda going into enhanced reputation or accomanother academic year. modating pleasures from select For thought, Susan B. Anthony friends. It also represents the once said “Cautious, careful will to be free to feed others with people always casting about to the fruit we bear; to represent preserve their reputation or spirit, strength, love, joy, peace,

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patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness confined within self-control. When there are enough of us, no law or status quo can stand against us. A year closed should mean a year closer to the winning of the race between education and catastrophe. It should mean that instead of growing apart, we are, at the end of each year, better positioned for an inclusive worldview by virtue of our education about one another. Not seeing measurable annual movement towards diversity should be viewed as catastrophic. As the data shows, children of color in kindergarten and first grade represent a majority of all American students in school at that stage. This means we have about 12 years before our universities hear the knock of more students from diverse populations than ever before. If we have too few ways to teach them, serve them or advocate for them... catastrophe wins. We must run the race “in earnest” and be ready serve

the fruit of global education. In concert, each year’s end should represent a change in the landscape of leadership and prosperity throughout the community. Gone quickly should be the days when 75 of the top 100 public service salaries in the city belong to white males and no people of color are represented among the remaining 25. No more should we find historically underrepresented populations crowding the jails and scarce in the boardroom. All children are truly the future and none should be left behind. And, progress is not counted by symbolic antics or flawless speeches. We must end with measureable success, and again, “in earnest” realize that all progression involves change, but not all change is progressive. Let’s integrate, collaborate and elevate... together! Ken Coopwood, Sr., Ph.D. – “Dr. Coop” Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Missouri State University

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ness, with John Oke-Thomas accepting. The mission of the group is to promote economic development and business opportunities through advocacy, networking, community development and capacity-building for minority businesses and entrepreneurs. • The Jacquelin Waugh Foster Scholarship was presented to Taylor Harrington who plans to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia and study Psychology. • The Springfield NAACP Youth Scholarship went to Bria Hardin who plans to attend Spelman College in the fall and study Spanish Language and International Law.

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a decade of service and now retired from 27 years of government service, most recently from human resources at the Missouri Department of Transportation. A recipient of the Springfield Business Journal's Most Influential Woman of 2011, Marshall, who also volunteers with Springfield Advocates for Youth, considers herself more of a coach than a leader who helps to empower people and to help them overcome obstacles that hinder growth. • The Drum Major Award was presented to Minorities in Busi-

Dr. Ben Carson Offers A Powerful Cure To Get America On The Right Track

New Book, “One Nation”, Calls On Left And Right To Toss Aside Unanimity of Party Speech And Thought And Concentrate On Respectful Dialogue For Real Problem Solving

Nationwide — In his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, famed Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and political pundit, Dr. Ben Carson delivers a way out of the American decline—appealing to every American’s decency and common sense. In One Nation (Sentinel, May 20), the sequel to their #1 New York Times bestseller, America the Beautiful, Dr. and Mrs. Carson offer a refreshing and bold plan to halt the country’s spiral into fiscal and moral decay. Avoiding the political correctness of politicians and the animosity of Washington lawyers, Dr. Carson calls for respectful problem-solving skills he honed as a surgeon, and fearlessly tackles tough issues such as education, health care, family values, race relations, taxes, charity, and the role of faith in public life. Dr. Carson believes America has inexplicably lost the ability to discuss important issues calmly and respectfully regardless of party affiliation or other differences. One Nation thoughtfully suggests practical ways to overcome the needless bickering and impasse of progress. As a surgeon rather than a politician, Dr. Carson cares deeply about what works—not whether

someone has an (R) or a (D) after their name. Dr. Carson understands that Americans must come together. One Nation explains that by respecting others it’s possible to engage in intelligent conversation about differences of opinion without becoming enemies, eventually allowing us to move forward through meaningful compromise. One Nation is a clarion call to return to our historic culture of personal responsibility in order to solve the expanding list of America’s ills, including: * Growing debt and the resulting burdens of fiscal uncertainty * Deteriorating morals that have driven America far from the founders’ intent * Failing to make significant progress in basic education * Resolving the Obamacare mess—a threat to health, liberty, and financial stability * Tempering media elitism and political correctness and its chilling effects on a meaningful national dialogue Dr. Carson believes America’s best days are ahead, but contends these serious issues must first be resolved with reason and compromise from both sides of the political aisle. In his journey from poverty to the top of his field, Dr. Carson has lived the American dream.

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Legendary Author and Poet, Dr. Maya Angelou, Dies at the Age of 86 ers of our time, and is especially remembered for her award-winning writings including “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and “A Song Flung Up To Heaven.” Once, during an interview with USA TODAY, she said, “I have created myself. I have taught myself so much.” She also once notably said, “I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine… before she realizes she’s reading.” Just last November 2013, at the age of 85, Angelou was introduced by her friend, author Toni Morrison, and presented with an award for “Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.” This past January 2014, after the death of South African leader Nelson Mandela, Angelou published His Day Is Done, a

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She reportedly spoke more than 5 languages, and considered Oprah Winfrey and Martin Luther King Jr. to be among her personal friends. For more information about Maya Angelou, visit: www.MayaAngelou.com

Springfield, MO— All ages are invited to the annual celebration of Juneteenth from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, on the parking lot of the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St. The Springfield NAACP, in partnership with the Spring-

Springfield, MO— Gary Bedell, a self-educated artist from Springfield, Missouri will hold an opening reception, Friday, June 6 from 7:00See story on page 6

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organizations, storytelling and children’s book giveaways, face painting, educational and health resources, refreshments, live music and more. Parking will be available on the Central High School parking lots. For more information, call 862-0125.

Local NAACP Presents Five Awards at Annual Freedom Fund Banquet Springfield, MO— On Satur• The Roy Wilkins Educational day evening , May 17, 2014 Award was presented to Grace the Springfield Chapter of Jackson-Brown, librarian at Misthe NAACP held its annual souri State University. JacksonFreedom Fund Brown received Banquet, "Fulfillher Ph.D. from ing the Dream: Indiana State Changemakers," University and at the Ramada is published in Oasis Convenwomen studtion Center with ies as well as over 250 guests African Ameriand members can issues, acattending. cording to the Cheryl Clay and Tony Porter The keynote release. She speaker was the nationally and is chairwoman of Springfield's internationally recognized Tony African American Reading ComPorter, co-founder of "A Call to mittee and recent winner of the Men." He is an educator and Zora Neale Hurston Award for activist and has been working leadership in promoting Africanin the social justice arena for American literature. over 20 years, and is nationally • The Myrlie Evers-Williams recognized for his effort to end Business Partner Award was violence against women. presented to Unite of SouthSeveral awards were presented west Missouri for its support during the banquet: and promotion of African Photo by M. Louise Stanley, Springfield News-Leader

Winston-Salem, NC — Legendary author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou has died, according to her publicist Helen Brann. She passed away in her Winston-Salem, N.C. home after suffering from health problems, and was found by her caretaker. Born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, Angelou was raised between St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. She got into writing after experiencing a childhood tragedy when she was 7, after her mother’s boyfriend raped her. He was later beaten to death by a mob after she testified against him. Later in life, she moved to San Francisco and studied dance and drama, and went on to become a professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She also went on to become one of the greatest literary writ-

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American community events and sponsorship of the annual Springfield Multi-Cultural Festival. Editor in chief, Samuel Knox accepted the award. Unite has received a total of three Springfield Chapter NAACP awards. • The Heritage Award was presented to Georgia “Queen” Burton for her lifelong active support of the African American community. One of the founding committee members of the Lincoln Cemetery Board, active member and Past Matron of the Truth Lodge, member of her neighborhood association, and past chairwoman of Church Women United. • The Community Service Award was presented to Susan Marshall, current secretary and former treasurer of the NAACP, a Marine veteran with nearly continued on page 2

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